On Tuesday, November 24, interim “Jeopardy!” host Ken Jennings has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Jennings was nominated for “Best Spoken Word Album.”
The “Jeopardy King” earned the Grammy nomination for his work narrating Alex Trebek’s memoir “Alex Trebek: The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life.”
While this Grammy nomination is the latest accomplishment that Jennings has received lately, he got, perhaps, bigger news this past week. Jennings was named as one of the rotating interim hosts of “Jeopardy!” to take over for the late Alex Trebek.
Although this is incredible news, Jennings was shocked. He tweeted out his disbelief at the nomination.
Quickly following this tweet, he says that Trebek should be the nominee, not himself.
“This should 100% be Alex’s Grammy nomination. He wrote the book and reads much of the audiobook! Who do I speak to about this.”
Undoubtedly, Jennings has had an incredible week. However, his Grammy nomination is not a guarantee for a win. He goes up against some incredible competition this year.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea was nominated for the same award for his memoir “Acid For the Children.” Additionally, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow got a nomination for her own book reading, “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth.”
As well as Ronan Farrow for his book “Catch And Kill.” And finally, Meryl Streep for her reading of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.”
Ken Jennings “Jeopardy!” Prowess
But Jennings is on the right track in terms of earning his fame. Earlier this year, he was named the greatest “Jeopardy!” player of all time. He got this “greatest of all time” title for his outstanding play over his career on the show. In particular, he gets the title for his win playing against the other legends of the show in their primetime tournament.
Also, he holds the record for most consecutive “Jeopardy!” games won at 74. Jennings also has the highest amount of money won during play with $2,520,700.
People seem to be ecstatic that the legend is taking over for Trebek. And while there will never be another Trebek, Jennings is certainly a good option.
Alex Trebek passed away peacefully on November 8 after his fight with pancreatic cancer. His name will forever be etched in the history books, and he will be fondly remembered forever.